If you’re about to order a new Mini you may want to hold off a little. I had a conversation with the ‘shoe shine man’ yesterday which revealed the following…

The Cooper Diesel is (from January) to be fitted with a leaner Diesel engine which produces comparable emissions to the current model but WITHOUT the stop/start technology. The start/stop will be re-introduced later in the year (and provide further economy/emissions saving) but as a payable option (around April was the best guess).

The Cooper S Diesel is also due in 2010 but not until much later in the year (Q3/Q4). There are no part references on the BMW systems for this which means it isn’t in production yet. Unlike the Mini One Diesel…

The Mini One Diesel is due first half of 2010. There are part references to it on the BMW systems so it’s a definite. That’s all I now, afraid I wasn’t interested so didn’t ask further.